The Longborough Podcast

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The Longborough podcast series was born out of the Covid lockdown. We'll be welcoming lots of our friends from the world of opera and the arts, including singers, players, directors, conductors and more, for what will be some thought-provoking discussions. We hope you'll join us too.

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Episode 7: La liberazione di Ruggiero and Freya Waley-Cohen's Spell Book. With Polly Graham, Jenny Ogilvie, Keith Pun and Clíodna Shanahan

Our 2022 festival features an exciting double bill performed by our Emerging Artists. In this episode, Longborough's artistic director Polly Graham speaks to the production's director Jenny Ogilvie about her plans, with musical extracts from pianist Clíodna Shanahan and countertenor Keith Pun.

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Episode 6: Korngold's Die tote Stadt, with Jessica Duchen, Michael Haas and Charles Matthews

Korngold's Die tote Stadt forms an exciting part of Longborough's summer 2022 festival. In this episode, Korngold experts Jessica Duchen and Michael Haas teach us more about this remarkable composer. With musical extracts from pianist Charles Matthews.

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Episode 5: Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt, with Anthony Negus and Prof Ken Hamilton

Longborough Festival Opera's Music Director Anthony Negus joins the pianist and musicologist Professor Kenneth Hamilton, as they discuss the surprising personal and musical relationships between Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt. Hosted by writer and librettist Sophie Rashbrook.

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Episode 4: Finding comedy in Wagner's Ring cycle, with Polly Graham and Sir David Pountney

Longborough Festival Opera's Artistic Director Polly Graham joins the acclaimed librettist and opera director Sir David Pountney, who was in the midst of staging his own Ring cycle in Chicago when the pandemic first struck.

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Episode 3: An in-depth look at Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen

Conductor Justin Brown and director Olivia Fuchs chat to music journalist Richard Bratby about this incredible work: Janáček's musical language; his parallels to Wagner; and why grown adults would want to see an opera about talking animals.

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Episode 2: Wagner's Women, with Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough and Lee Bisset

Writer and librettist Sophie Rashbrook chats to the historian Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough and soprano Lee Bisset, who was set to have been Brünnhilde in Wagner's Die Walküre at Longborough in the postponed 2020 season. In their discussion, they explore the roles and mythical origins of Wagner’s women.

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Episode 1: Wotan's Journey, with Anthony Negus and Paul Carey Jones

Music journalist Richard Bratby chats to Longborough's Music Director Anthony Negus and bass-baritone Paul Carey Jones, who was scheduled to sing Wotan in Wagner's Die Walküre at Longborough in the postponed 2020 season. In their discussion they trace Wotan's journey through Wagner's Ring cycle.